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Dear Colleague,

As the federal government continues to reverse progress, citizens, organizations, and communities across America are doing what they can to move forward on climate solutions. They are leading by example by reducing their own climate pollution, collaborating on ways to elevate climate action, speaking about climate change in personally relevant ways, and participating in visible climate advocacy to name a few. Americans are embracing local climate leadership, whether they be mayors, health professionals, people of faith, or young adults. Find out how ecoAmerica is helping to move forward on climate solutions in this month’s eUpdate.
 “Most people of faith — conservative or liberal, right or left-wing — believe in loving and caring for one another, feeling gratitude for what they have, living moderately, avoiding greed and waste, and taking collective responsibility and action ... all of which are good starting points for talking about climate change.”

Feature Articles

NEW: Moving Forward Guide for Communities

ecoAmerica, along with our partners the National League of Cities, Local Government Commission, and Urban Sustainability Directors Network, has released Moving Forward: A Guide to Building Momentum on Climate Solutions in Your Community. Geared toward civic leaders (mayor, local government official, business or community leader) in smaller and mid-size communities who want to lead on climate and sustainability, the guide provides information and resources for mitigation, preparation/resilience, and community engagement. Get the guide here, and watch the recorded webinar here.
New American Climate Perspectives Survey: Where Do Americans Stand on Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear energy has been a big part of the United States energy portfolio for decades, currently comprising about 20% of our energy nationally, and in some states over 50%. ecoAmerica’s July 2018 American Climate Perspectives Survey found that Americans have mixed attitudes on nuclear energy. There is mild support for existing nuclear power, and strong support for proposed “new” nuclear technology, but Americans have significant concern about nuclear safety, waste, and weaponization. Download our July report here to see the full survey results.
American College of Sports Medicine and ecoAmerica: Teaming Up for Climate Solutions
Climate for Health and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) are partnering to raise awareness about the health impacts of climate change and build climate leadership within the sports medicine and exercise science community. ACSM's ActivEarth initiative works to improve public health, the environment, and the economy through greater levels of physical activity and increased active transportation. Watch our new video to learn more about why — and how — we are working towards climate solutions through our partnership. Watch now
The Jesus Movement: Good News for all Creation
The Episcopal Church and Blessed Tomorrow are partnering to elevate leadership on climate change as a moral, religious, and justice issue. Watch our new video, launched July 10 at the 79th General Convention, and hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak about the connection between the Jesus Movement and caring for God’s world as stewards through working to solve climate change. Watch now.
National Climate and Health Leadership Forum

ecoAmerica and Climate for Health convened more than 50 health leaders for the National Climate and Health Leadership Forum on May 15, 2018, co-hosted by the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. Participants explored making institutional commitments to climate change mitigation, and ways to increase climate advocacy activities within the health sector. These discussions revealed several key strategic priorities and insights, summarized in our forum report. Download the summary.
Featured Blog: Nursing Collaborative Blog Series Featuring Dian Palmer, Chair, Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare

This blog series follows the national nursing organization members of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health. The Nursing Collaborative, formed in partnership with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Climate for Health, is a combined effort among nursing organizations to build visible leadership on climate as a health priority. June’s blog post features Dian Palmer, RN, Chair of the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare, a founding member of the Nursing Collaborative on Climate Change and Health. Read the interview with Ms. Palmer here.

Partner News

ecoAmerica Climate Ambassador Training at NEHA 2018 Annual Educational Conference

ecoAmerica’s Chief Engagement Officer, Meighen Speiser, and Climate for Health Program Director, Leyla McCurdy, presented ecoAmerica's inaugural Climate for Health Ambassador Training at the 2018 NEHA Annual Educational Conference in Anaheim, California on June 25 to 28. The Ambassador Program supports major health institutions and health professionals with training to learn about, effectively speak on, and act on climate change and solutions. Learn more about the Climate Ambassadors Program here.
The Episcopal Church 79th General Convention Features Blessed Tomorrow, Let's Talk Climate

Ani Fete Crews, ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow Program Director, and Meighen Speiser, Chief Engagement Officer, attended The Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention this week in Austin, TX. Through the partnership, the convention’s “Creation Care” day kicked off with Bishop Curry announcing a renewed commitment to lead on climate and the partnership with Blessed Tomorrow. Our video was played at the convention and throughout the exhibit halls. This was followed by a Let’s Talk Faith and Climate seminar and workshop, hosted by Ani Fete Crews, Meighen Speiser, and The Episcopal Church Leadership, including Rev. Melanie Mullen, Rev. Stephanie Johnson, and Rt. Rev. Bishop Marc Andrus.
Summer Reading: Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change

In his book Climate Church, Climate World, Rev. Dr. Jim Antal helps answer the question, “Why and how should people of faith engage in the moral challenge of climate change? Bill McKibben notes in his forward to the book, “as long as there has been a serious climate movement in the United States, Jim Antal has been at the forefront. I have stood with him at a hundred demonstrations, languished with him in jail, sweated next to him in paddy wagons. I have listened to him preach the powerful good news — and bad news — about the energy and climate crises from pulpit after pulpit. And I’ve watched as his cheerful, insistent, relentlessly loving approach has allowed so many Americans to join in this fight. He is on the short list of heroes who have given their all.”
ecoAmerica Staff Promotions
Join us in congratulating the following four outstanding employees:

Christine Clemons, Development Officer
Andrea Eisler, Senior Director Development
Ashley Lane, Events Director
Lori O'Neil, Development Analyst
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